New Year’s resolutions usually don’t make it past the first 2 weeks of January – and the biggest reason is the wrong mindset.
As soon as you start turning “I want to” into “I WILL” then you are on the right track.
There are 3 things to set into place before you start…
- SET your mind to it.
- SET short-term reachable goals
- SET an end-goal
As soon as these are set into place, there is nothing that can stop you.
- I WILL eat more fruits and veggies.
Eat at least one more vegetable or fruit at every meal. Keep cut-up raw veggies in the front of the fridge and fruit on the counter where you’ll see it. Have healthy dips on hand, like hummus, peanut butter, and low-fat yoghurt.
Load extra veggies into your sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups, and omelettes. Pureed veggies like butternut squash can thicken soup and other dishes and add nutrients to them. Mix cauliflower puree in with mashed potatoes.
- I WILL eat less fast food.
Try to reduce fast-food temptations. Take a different route to avoid seeing drive-through restaurants. Keep fruit or nuts with you to tide you over until you get home or to work. If you can’t resist, choose lower-calorie options like grilled chicken or low-fat chilli. And look for fruit or veggie options like a salad (watch the dressing) or plain baked potato as a side. Order regular or small sizes, and avoid value meals. Sip water or diet soda instead of sugary regular soda.
- I WILL snack healthier.
Eat one healthier snack a day. Instead of reaching for cookies or chips, enjoy a small handful of nuts or trail mix, or low-fat yoghurt (watch for added sugar). Take advantage of fresh fruit in season. Citrus fruits like oranges are especially good because they take time to peel and eat. Eat pretzels or a few whole-wheat crackers with low-fat cheese. But only snack when you’re really hungry – not just bored or stressed – and only eat one serving.
- I WILL dine out less.
Plan every day so your only option isn’t a restaurant. Use a slow cooker so a hot, healthy meal is ready and waiting for you when you come home at dinner time. Cook more than you need, and freeze half. Then you’ll have frozen meals you can take out whenever you need them. You can even make easy-to-fix healthy breakfasts – like oatmeal with fruit – for lunch or dinner.
- I WILL avoid mindless eating.
Eat only when you’re actually hungry. When you feel satisfied – but before you feel full – stop eating, even if there’s still food on your plate. Don’t sit in front of the TV or computer when you eat. Multitasking leads to overeating. Pay attention to your food. When you tune in to your appetite signals, you’re less likely to eat just because you’re bored.
- I WILL snack less at work.
Get unhealthy snacks out of your office – or at least out of plain sight. You’ll eat less if you don’t have food within easy reach. If you tend to graze mindlessly at work, don’t keep food at your desk. Keep it at least 2 meters away from where you sit. The distance makes you think each time you grab a bite. Take time for a real lunch break, away from your desk.
- I WILL eat smart at restaurants.
Just like eating at home, planning can help you make smarter choices in restaurants. Find one that serves a children’s menu or smaller portion sizes. Don’t let yourself get so hungry that you overeat. Have a healthy snack beforehand. Or start with a clear (not creamy) soup or salad. Cut your meal in half and take one half home. Or split an entrée with a friend. Ask the waiter not to bring any bread or tortilla chips to your table.
- I WILL eat less sugar.
Give up one sugary soda a day. Cutting just one can of regular cola means losing more than 30 grams of sugar – or about 8 teaspoons – from your diet. Replace sodas and other sugary drinks with diet soda, water or unsweetened tea. Other ways to cut sugar: Fresh fruit or fruit canned in water or juice has less sugar than fruit canned in syrup. And choose unsweetened cereals.
- I WILL eat breakfast every day.
If you’re too rushed in the morning to make breakfast, take it with you to eat at school or work. Portable breakfast items can include granola or breakfast bars, containers of yoghurt, instant oatmeal packets, or pieces of fresh fruit.
Muffins, bagels, and other baked goods are often larger than a single serving – consider portion sizes carefully. Even if you don’t like typical breakfast foods, it’s important to eat something in the morning to fuel your body.
- I WILL plan to eat right.
Don’t give up on healthy eating just because you’re out of time. Have a healthy-eating plan in place for days when you work late or have errands to run. Keep nutritious snacks with you, like trail mix, whole grain cereal, or fruit. Keep healthy foods in your freezer. Learn which restaurants and supermarket delis have salad, soup, or grilled chicken so if you have to eat “to go,” you can make healthy choices.
- I WILL eat smart at parties.
Eat a healthy snack before you go, so you won’t overeat at the buffet. Fill a small plate with at least half fruit and veggies. Limit your portions of desserts and high-calorie dishes to just a taste – a bite or two. Once you’ve eaten, step away from the food.
If you have a conversation around the buffet table, it’s too tempting to just keep snacking. Drinks can be high in calories, too. Whether you’re drinking alcohol or sodas, keep moderation in mind.
- I want to keep track of what I eat.
Keep a food journal to pay attention to what you eat and how you feel when you eat it. You may be surprised by your eating habits. You can write down your meals or download an app for your smartphone or tablet. You don’t have to track your meals every day. Just track it one day a week or for a few days to get an idea of what and how you eat.
- I WILL learn to say “No”.
Stay strong when it comes to healthy eating. The waiter might tell you that you can’t have sauce on the side. Your co-worker might pressure you to try her homemade treats. Remember that every bite adds up, so it’s important not to give in over and over. Explain why you’re saying no if you want to – or just politely decline. You don’t owe people an explanation, but you owe yourself good health.
- I WILL not overeat.
Think small. Trade your large plates and silverware for small ones. Use a tablespoon, not a serving spoon, to dish out portions. Think about what you put on your plate to make sure you really want it. Serve from the stove instead of the table, so second helpings aren’t right in front of you. Eat slowly so your body has time to tell your brain you’re full.
- I WILL find support to eat healthy.
It’s easier to be strong when you have family or friends on your side. Ask a friend or family member to eat healthy with you. Hold each other accountable. Don’t make healthy meals or snacks just for yourself but let your family eat what they want.
Everyone should eat healthy. Then if someone is tempted to slip, the whole team is there for support. Or use technology to download an app or find a website that will keep you on track.
- I WILL be successful.
Make one small, specific healthy eating goal at a time and then reward yourself for meeting it. Don’t overwhelm yourself by making many changes at once. Post reminders where you can see them every day or set a reminder on your smartphone.
Try not to reward yourself with foods that undo your healthy eating habits. But find some other way to celebrate meeting goals. How about gourmet herbal teas or a massage?
Natural Supplements for an added boost…
Since healthy eating is in the order of the day, get yourself a good meal replacement shake that you can drink instead of eating unhealthy snacks or to cut out some calories. The Manna Low GI Shake is high in fibre and also helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels – this means fewer cravings and staying fuller for longer.
It will obviously not always be possible to drink a shake instead of having a meal, which is why the Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets are also handy to take with meals in order to stabilise your blood sugar levels – especially because most foods will cause blood sugar levels to rise!
Stabilising your blood sugar will help to control food cravings and suppress appetite. By following a well-balanced diet, drinking enough water and exercising will also help to control and eliminate bad diet habits. We recommend that you follow the Manna Diet as stipulated in the free e-book. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control blood sugar levels, suppress appetite end eliminate food cravings.